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Divya Kumar - Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

Higher education and Nonprofits reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. USF president Steve Currall speaks at a June 23 Board of Governors meeting in St. Petersburg, where a board member questioned whether the school was being aggressive enough about its goals.
  2. During his first day as USF's president, July 1, 2019, Steve Currall spoke with reporters before meeting with student government members at the university's St. Petersburg campus.
  3. Tampa's oldest school, Academy of the Holy Names, is under attack in a lawsuit that says it has strayed from Catholic teaching. A open letter from more than 430 alumni disputes the allegation.
  4. Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida are combining resources to form what they said will be one of the largest academic medical groups in Florida.
  5. Rob Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul outside Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceship before its launch on Sunday. The University of Florida researchers and professors are leading a study of how plants respond during the transition from Earth’s gravity to the weightlessness of space.
  6. At Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in St. Petersburg, services like this one on Sunday, July 11, attract many worshipers, but still not as many as before the pandemic.
  7. The exterior of Academy of the Holy Names is seen Wednesday in Tampa.
  8. University of South Florida mechanical engineer David D’Angelo, left, and research engineer Yehia Helwa, (both) at the USF Institute of Applied Engineering. The state is incentivizing students to enroll in STEM related fields at state universities.
  9. The HiPerGator AI supercomputer ranked second among supercomputers in higher education in the U.S. and third worldwide.
  10. A message recorded by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020 welcomed students in the Civics Fellows Program at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus last week. This week, DeSantis vetoed a bill that was unanimously supported in the House and Senate that would establish the program into law citing concerns over promoting certain "orthodoxies." (Photo courtesy Judithanne McLauchlan).
  11. Supporters of then-President Donald Trump attended a speech by Donald Trump Jr. in October 2019 at the University of Florida.   Proponents of Florida's new "intellectual diversity" law contend that college campuses are becoming too intolerant of conservative ideas. Critics of the law say that's not accurate.
  12. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, pictured in 2018 during a ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle. The diocese said Parkes will not be commenting for now on a "teaching document" on the Holy Eucharist to be issued later by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  13. From left, state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, Gov. Ron DeSantis and House Speaker Chris Sprowls display the education bills signed Thursday at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.
  14. Richard D. McCullough responds to questions last month from the Florida State University Presidential Search Committee. On Wednesday, the state Board of Governors confirmed him as FSU's new president.
  15. Veteran nurse Sharon Edwards treats a COVID-19 patient in December at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The pandemic is prompting many nurses to leave the field, exacerbating a nationwide nurse shortage. The University of South Florida says it is taking steps to increase the number of nursing school graduates over the next two or three years to meet the coming demand.
  16. Robert Bair, a doctoral student at USF, talks with reporters in 2015 about the NEWgenerator, which converts human wastewater into clean water, fertilizer and energy. The university in 2020 received a patent for the generator, along with more than 120 other patents.
  17. During a protest last July in front of Lifsey House, the USF president's residence, student groups pushed to improve the climate on campus for Black students. This and other protests led the university to boost recruitment efforts, which are paying off, officials say.
  18. A rendering of the new student wellness center to be completed by the fall of 2022 on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  19. Will Weatherford is former speaker of the Florida House and managing partner of Weatherford Capital. His term as chair of the USF board of trustees will be for two years.
  20. Anthony Rolle was announced as the new dean of the University of South Florida's College of Education on Tuesday.
  21. The University of Tampa is offering students $2,000 to live off campus.
  22. Faculty members, students and community members gathered for a May 7 protest against a University of South Florida plan to explore development of a 769-acre preserve north of the Tampa campus.
  23. The University of Tampa is now offering "deferral grants" to students who wish to enroll next year instead of this fall to avoid a housing crunch on campus.